- lacking variety; boring; dull: a humdrum existence.
- humdrum character or routine; monotony.
- monotonous or tedious talk.
- Archaic. a dull, boring person.
Origin of humdrum
1545–55; earlier humtrum, rhyming compound based on hum
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1. tedious, routine, mundane, tiresome.
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Examples from the Web for humdrum
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My life must seem so humdrum to him, and to you, who have travelled so far and seen so much.The Traitors
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He sketched his humdrum labors, the prizes in his way of life.The Man Who Wins
For two summers I lived in this little world; it was dull and humdrum.
It was indeed no more than a humdrum narrative of a vulgar crime.The Borough Treasurer
Joseph Smith Fletcher
The whole business, Tom thought, was humdrum and commonplace.Chatterbox, 1905.
- ordinary; dull
- a monotonous routine, task, or person
C16: rhyming compound, probably based on hum
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